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Valley prepares for cold winter chill

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NILES, Ohio - Plummeting temperatures are forcing many to stock up on supplies, so they can stay indoors amid the chilly weather this week.

After a busy weekend of customers stocking up on the essentials, it was a day of re-stocking shelves at Sparkle Market in Niles. Heating up holiday leftovers is part of one mom's plan to keep her family warm. 

"The game plan is I'm going to make chili and different soups with my leftover ham and turkey, we're going to play board games, Wii and different things and stay inside and stay warm," Angel Grantz says, of Mineral Ridge.

Space heaters of all sizes are top sellers at Home Depot in the Eastwood Mall Complex. 

With a greater tendency for pipes exposed to the outdoors to freeze, homeowners are keeping their property in mind as the cold sets in.

"It's not necessary to wrap pipes that are indoors, that are heated all the time, but it does help save on heating and cooling costs just to keep them insulated, so you don't have that heat loss, but your main thing you need to be concerned with is exposed pipes," Amy Shafer says, with Home Depot.

Gas tanks should stay at least a quarter and a half full, otherwise freezing fuel systems is possible. Some pumps were out of order at Country Fair gas station in Niles for a short time, due to the frosty temperatures on Monday.
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